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Modern perms: Our 4 favourite hairstyles from Instagram

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Modern perms are making a comeback!

Before you balk at the idea of modern perms, hear us out. Because believe it or not, ’80s-inspired hair has had a huge revival. First of all, let us tell reassure you: this hair trend has nothing to do with the frizzy perms of yesteryear. In fact, this look is more about drawing inspiration from retro perms to create glamorous, voluminous hairstyles and cute, bouncy curls.

So, to help you create beautiful ‘dos in the style of early adopters like Chrissy Teigen or Mandy Moore, we’ve scoured Instagram to you the  best #hairspiration around. Just click through our gallery above or scroll down to see our pick of the best modern perms on Insta.

4 Modern perms you have to see


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The ombre perm is hot-to-trot. Credit:

Ombre perm

There is a misconception that the ombre hair trend is limited to straight tresses, but this Instagram pic proves that you can show off subtle colour transition on curly locks. Credit: @laurenmmoser

Editor’s tip: Want to keep your new ombre hair looking great? Then switch up your shampoo and conditioner and use a wash and care set specifically for coloured hair. We love the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditionerits formulated with Vibrant Colour Lock technology to help leave your coloured strands looking silky.

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Bleached perms are making a comeback. Credit:

Bleached babe

Why not take a leaf out of Alexander Wang’s book and become a beautiful, bleach blonde babe? This beach-inspired, bleached look is set to be a big hit for spring/summer, so be ahead of the crowd by tapping into this hair trend ASAP. Credit: @wandering_white_rabbit

Editor’s tip: Post bleaching be sure to give your hair lots of TLC with a hair mask. The TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Blonde Mask is great for giving your coloured locks a treat and also helps to prevent any brassy tones. Result!

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A fringe and perm combo is the way forward. Credit:

Figure out the fringe

Let’s be honest, fringes can be a bit problematic with modern perms. But we love this fierce look because it proves there are no rules! A bountiful mane of curly locks can be totally off-set with a straight fringe for an edgy and modern contrast. 

Just remember, if you are straightening your fringe to prep it with a heat protectant like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray to help guard your hair from heat damage. Credit: @salononmain_la 

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The wet look is guaranteed to impress. Credit:

Wet look

We’ve been swooning over wet look hair since Kim Kadashian’s hairstyle at last year’s VMAs, which is why this Insta post is an instant favourite for us! It’s the perfect example of how to tap into two major hair trends once. 


Fallen in love with modern perms? Then don’t forget to head over to our Vintage Hairstyles and Curly hairstyles pages for more cute curly hairstyles.

All Things Hair
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25 January 2017